Euro Basket : End of the first round

Friday, September 11th 2015

Montpellier, France

The first round of this Euro Basket is now over, 16 teams passed and the other are returning home. Before the next games this weekend, we already had some surprises.




Dirk Nowitzki was back in the German national team for probably his last international competition and unfortunately has to quit the competition earlier than what his team planned.

It was hard for the young German team to win in this “group of death” with Spain, Serbia and Italy. They were closed to defeat Spain, Dennis Schröder, excellent since the beginning of the Euro, made the hardest. A fabolous come back at the end and succeed to get the foul at 3 points ! He scored the first two free throw and miss the last one which would permit Germany to go to overtime. Spain finaly won by one against a courageous German team, even if we were expecting more from the legenday Nowitzki.



Spain is not dominating as they used to do until the last World Cup, they miss few of their superstars but they still are a dangerous team. Pau Gasol is the best scorer of the Euro and also grabs precious rebounds, leading his team to the next round.




Danilo Gallinari’s bad season in Denver is far away behing him, he lead Italy to the second round with the help of the crazy shooter Marco Belinelli. Italy surprised everybody with the easy win against Spain, but now they will need more help from the bench, sometimes they are too dependant of their big 3 Gallinari – Belinelli – Bargnani.



This is the most impressive team of the competition, second best team of the world in the last World Cup, Serbia is a very good team lead by Milos Teodosic, currently the MVP of the Euro. It would be a big surprise if they do not reach the final.




Champion in 2013, third last year in the World Cup and playing at home, France has the mission to win the gold medal. However they started slowly the competition, winning by just few points against Poland of Finland after overtime. If their defense is one of the best of the Euro, they still have to work their 3 point shots otherwise they will not be able to attack the zone defenses. Good surprise : Nando De Colo is for now the best player of this team, helping perfectly Tony Parker in attack. Also, Rudy Gobert is on top and represents a terrific threat in the paint with his blocks, rebounds and strong dunks.

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